2015Happy New Year!

2015 is already upon us, we’ve slept off all the food and champagne, and it seems a good time for those of us to love to write to set our writing goals/resolutions for the new year.

Last year I posted my writing goals for 2014. I’ve – ahem! – somewhat achieved them. But a busy year kept me from accomplishing all I’d set out to do. Here’s another useful reason for setting writing goals – holding yourself responsible for what you didn’t manage to do.

I did manage major revisions to In the Shadow of the Apennines, my contemporary and historical novel set in the mountains of Italy’s Abruzzo region in the present day and at the time of the 1915 Pescina earthquake.

I’m almost done with the painful revision process (famous last words?) of Dark Blue Waves, my time travel novel that has a modern girl travelling back to 19th century England and getting herself in far more trouble than she’d bargained on.

Although I did get most of it completed, I’m still wrapping up the final chapters of my multi-narrator story of three contemporary women living in Italy and struggling with their complicated lives, who meet up at a 1950s movie night at an Italian sea resort off-season. They quickly discover that the technicolor film they’re so quick to laugh at, isn’t really so far from the hopes and dreams they have for themselves of finding happiness in the Eternal City.

I plan to wrap up this manuscript early in the year, though revisions will take MUCH longer (*sigh*). Then I want to start on a contemporary/historical project I’ve had on my mind for a long time. It’s set in the Balkans, in present day and at the start of the 20th century, and I’ve already started in on my initial research, although I’m chomping at the bit to get writing.

As always, I’ll be squeezing in plenty of short stories, and working to get those published in journals and e-zines throughout the year.

And you, writers? What are your writing goals for 2015?

Happy writing to us all in the new year!